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Masks must be worn at all times in B.C. gyms, fitness and dance studios

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May 18, 2021 - 2:30 PM

The requirement to wear masks in indoor spaces to protect against the spread of COVID-19 has been updated by the province and now they must be worn at all time in fitness facilities.

The province is aligning the Emergency Program Act order on face coverings with the provincial health officer's recently updated guidance on mask use in gyms, fitness studios and dance studios.

“Masks are now required to be worn at all times in fitness facilities, including during workouts,” reads a news release from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The change to the Emergency Program Act order allows police and other officials to enforce this new guidance at their discretion.”

Failure follow the rule and wear a mask could result in a $230 fine.

Face shields are not acceptable as a mask replacement because there is an opening below the mouth, the province said.

“All other measures for indoor mask use continue to apply,” the release reads.

“People who cannot wear a mask, or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others, are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment.”

To report someone breaking the mask order you're asked to call your local government bylaw department. 

For information on the latest public health orders and guidance, non-medical issues like travel recommendations and how to manage social isolation go to this B.C. government website.

For more information and latest medical updates on COVID-19, go to the BC Centre for Disease Control website here.

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